World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

Perth Zoo's Puan arrived at Perth Zoo in 1968

"She has done so much for the Perth Zoo colony and the survival of her species", said Holly Thompson, head of the primates at the facility.

Although Puan may have passed on, a few of her surviving descendents remain in Perth Zoo, including daughters, Puteri and Pulang; four grandchildren, Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great grandson Sungai.

Buan was treated to the sight of Sumatran orangutans, which, to date, there are about 14.6 thousand. Puan was also a crucial element in the Australian Zoo's breeding program.

Puan's zookeeper said she was an aloof and independent individual. She gave birth to 11 children, and has 54 descendants in Australia, the US, Indonesia and elsewhere around the world.

"Puan taught me patience, she taught me that natural and wild instincts never disappear in captivity".

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Puan's genetics were responsible for just under 10 per cent of the global zoological population of the species, Thompson said.

"There really aren't words to describe Puan and the impact she has had on not only the breeding program at Perth Zoo, but also on the people who over the past 50-odd years have cared for her", Perth Zoo keeper Martina Hart wrote in the West Australian paper Tuesday.

Puan was euthanised on Monday after suffering age-related complications that the zoo said were affecting her quality of life. Born in the jungles of Sumatra, she made the journey to Perth Zoo after being a part of the Sultan of Jahore's private zoo. The list was picked by the IISE's taxonomist committee, who looked at 18,000 different entries.

The female orangutan named Buan was 62 years old. The investigation focused on 11-year-old orangutan Samboja and how she picked out potential suitors by using a tablet.

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